A Chain of Creation, Continuation, Continuity

golven als metafoor

De uitdaging voor mij is om een performance te maken, waarbij de performers (beeld, tekenen, muziek, licht en publiek) als golven zijn. Soms zijn ze samen, maar vaak gaan ze hun eigen weg, toch vormen ze ten alle tijden samen een geheel.

Inspiratie voor deze uitdaging komt uit een beschrijving van de performance van Cara Berger, zie hieronder citaat uit artikel van Cara Berger, A Chain of Creation, Continuation, Continuity.

Detail van repetitie performance Zeelicht, Liesje van den Berk
Detail van repetitie performance Zeelicht, Liesje van den Berk

“ Although there was a rough shape, a container, into which the ingredients were poured, how they worked together was constantly shifting and changing. What emerged was akin to ripples and waves: successions of increasing and declining intensity followed each other without moving towards a resolution. Common dramaturgical features such as the arc of suspense and closure were absent. In their place there was a ceaseless repetition of elements – gestures, words, sounds– that returned over and over in different, unpredictable constellations. Just as ‘waves do not so much overtake and succeed/supersede one another’ but rather ‘transmit energy in complicated ways’ (Wylie 2006: 173), there was no linear progression but a constant circulation of elements. A temporality developed akin to what Stefan Helmreich calls ‘oscillating ocean time’, which he defines as the co-presence of two temporalities: ‘long durée processes’ such as ocean circulation and the ‘rapid changes’ of the tide and waves (2006:n.p.). These parallel temporalities were manifested through the rapid and to the onlooker unpredictable changes in rhythm as moments of calm were washed away by flurries of activity that again gave away to stillness. At the same time and in keeping with the longer, more unbroken rhythm of ocean currents, the piece as whole seemed – as an audience member proposed – to envelop its onlooker in ‘a flow, a continuation’ that washed over them. The effects of this was a wave-like dramaturgy in which intense moments unpredictable swelled and subsided, while at the same time the constancy of the movement washed over the audience encircling them.”

Cara Berger, ‘A Chain of Creation, Continuation, Continuity’, Performance Research on Sea/ at Sea, volume 21, no2, April 2016, Falmouth University, UK, pp. 17-25